WoW Classic Riding Profession Guide

Last updated on Mar 19, 2024 at 14:20 by Seksixeny 2 comments

Owning a mount in WoW Classic is quite a feat and this guide will take you through all the important information about riding and getting your first mount in the game.

In Season of Discovery Riding and mount costs were lowered, making them much easier to obtain, especially as the lowered level caps also allow for easy gold gain from quests once level capped for the current phase.

We recommend using MapCoords, an addon which displays in-game coordinates on the map, in conjunction with the guide, as we include coordinates for riding trainers and mount vendors.


Riding in Season of Discovery

In Season of Discovery, mount and riding costs are reduced by 50%: you will be able to acquire the 60% speed mount riding skill for 10 gold before reputation and PvP rank discounts, and your level 40 mount for 40 gold before discounts.


Differences Between Retail and WoW Classic

The Riding skill and obtaining mounts works entirely different in WoW Classic when compared to the live version of the game.

  • Flying mounts do not exist in WoW Classic, just ground mounts.
  • No "Mounts Tab" exists either, meaning you must store mounts in your inventory.
  • The cast time of a mount is 3 seconds in WoW Classic, as opposed to 1.5 seconds on live servers.
  • Your mount cannot swim and you will be dismounted when entering water in WoW Classic.


The amount of Gold you pay for the Riding skills and mounts can be reduced by up to 20% in WoW Classic.

  • At Honored reputation standing with a faction, the price goes down by 10%.
  • If you (or your friend*) reach Rank 3 in PvP, the price decreases by yet another 10%.

*The mounts are BoE (Bind-on-Equip), so if you have a friend with Rank 3 in PvP, the mount can be purchased with the 10% discount and traded back to you.



Every mount has a minimum skill level required for Riding. You will need Apprentice Riding skill to use mounts at Level 40 and Journeyman Riding to use mounts at Level 60.

  • Apprentice Riding costs 20 Gold (before discounts) at Level 40 and increases your speed by 60%.
  • Journeyman Riding costs 100 Gold (before discounts) at Level 60 and increases your speed by 100%.

Each race comes with their own riding skill, and you can only learn how to ride a mount in your faction's capital city from someone of the same race. Unless, that is, you reach Exalted reputation standing with the other race (e.g. Orcs can learn to ride Tauren Kodos if they reached Exalted status with Thunder Bluff).


Riding Trainers

The following race-specific riding skills can be learned at level 40 upon reaching Exalted with the respective faction.

Race Riding Skill Riding Trainer Coordinates
Dwarves Ram Riding IconRam Riding Ultham Ironhorn 64, 50 (Dun Morogh)
Gnomes Mechanostrider Piloting IconMechanostrider Piloting Binjy Featherwhistle 49, 48 (Dun Morogh)
Humans Horse Riding IconHorse Riding Randal Hunter 84, 65 (Elwynn Forest)
Night Elves Tiger Riding IconTiger Riding Jartsam 38, 16 (Darnassus)
Orcs Wolf Riding IconWolf Riding Kildar 69, 13 (Orgrimmar)
Tauren Kodo Riding IconKodo Riding Kar Stormsinger 47, 58 (Mulgore)
Trolls Raptor Riding IconRaptor Riding Xar'Ti 55, 75 (Durotar)
Undead Undead Horsemanship IconUndead Horsemanship Velma Warnam 60, 53 (Tirisfal Glades)


The first tier of mounts is available at Level 40 and they increase your speed by 60%. You will gain access to the second tier at character Level 60 for a 100% increase in speed.

  • Rare mounts at Level 40 cost 80 Gold each before discounts.
  • Epic mounts at Level 60 cost 900 Gold each before discounts.

Once you learn how to ride a mount, you can purchase multiple mounts, but there is seldom a good reason to buy another mount until you reach Level 60.

Epic mounts travel faster than normal mounts and look better as well.

When you own a mount, you must equip it to bind the mount to you, then place the icon on one of your action bar for easy access.

Mounting takes three seconds, so it is generally useful for trips that take more than six or so seconds. In other words, do not mount to move 50 yards and attack another creature.


Mount Vendors

Mount vendors can be found close to riding trainers. Here is a table with all relevant mount vendors and their locations.

Race Mount Type Riding Trainer Coordinates
Dwarves Rams Veron Amberstill 63, 50 (Dun Morogh)
Gnomes Mechanostriders Milli Featherwhistle 49, 48 (Dun Morogh)
Humans Horses Katie Hunter 84, 65 (Elwynn Forest)
Night Elves Tigers Lelanai 38, 15 (Darnassus)
Orcs Wolves Ogunaro Wolfrunner 70, 12 (Orgrimmar)
Tauren Kodos Harb Clawhoof 47, 58 (Mulgore)
Trolls Raptors Zjolnir 55, 75 (Durotar)
Undead Skeletal Horses Zachariah Post 60, 52 (Tirisfal Glades)

Increasing Mount Speed

The mount speed can be further enhanced through the following items (their effects stack):



Your character can get dismounted by:

  • Going indoors, as you cannot stay mounted in indoor locations;
  • Walking through water dismounts everyone too, so jump as far as you can when entering water;
  • Certain types of crowd controls force a dismount (e.g. Polymorph).

Free Mounts for Paladins and Warlocks

Paladins and Warlocks get their mounts at no cost at Level 40 through quests. These mounts have a specific appearance and are fully functional in every way.


Earning Gold for Your Mount

One of the significant issues in WoW Classic is getting enough Gold to buy yourself a mount. In addition to the 20% discount outlined above, this requires Professions and goldmaking expertise. We recommend checking out our general goldmaking guide, which contains a Tier List of the most profitable Professions in WoW Classic.

We also have Goldmaking guides for each class individually, which contain tips that are exclusive to that class.



  • 19 Mar. 2024: Updated the reduced mount costs for Season of Discovery.
  • 06 Feb. 2024: Added a note on Blizzard reverting Mount costs to original Classic values just before Phase 2 launch.
  • 03 Feb. 2024: Updated for Season of Discovery Phase 2.
  • 27 Sep. 2019: Guide added.
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